Jonas Mekas - Personale

BFM 36 - Encounters: Cinema And Contemporary Art

Jonas Mekas (Lithuania, 1922), poet, artist and filmmaker, founder of the New American cinema Group and creator of the Anthology Film Archive will be the protagonist of the exhibition Jonas Mekas – Personale (March 10 - April 15, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo) promoted by the Municipality of Bergamo, Bergamo Film Meeting and The Blank. The author will meet the festival audience at Cinema San Marco.

Curated by Stefano Raimondi and Claudia Santeroni, Jonas Mekas - Personale transforms the exhibition environment in a place where, thanks to an immersive set-up, some of the author's most relevant films coexists along with still images of a highly cinematic nature. Jonas Mekas - Personale is hosted in the renovated spaces of Palazzo della Ragione: the exhibition interacts with the historic building, highlighting its potential as a stage for events specifically designed for this place. The exhibition aims to present the complexity of the expressive means chosen by Jonas Mekas, a versatile artist with eclectic interests. The frames, extracted from the artist's video work and imprinted on glass slabs, belong to the In An Instant It All Came Back to Me series, while the forty Birth of a Nation photographs are taken from his famous 1997 film of the same name. To tie up the photographic section, To New York with Love, a series of 21 images dedicated to the city that's been the main stage of Mekas' work.

Jonas Mekas - Personale is permeated by a track composed by the artist himself in collaboration with Dalius Naujo, which serves as a soundscape for the whole exhibition. Completing the corpus of works, an island dedicated to Merkas' publications, freely viewable by the audience, which is offered the unique opportunity to access the entire collection of writings by the artist; among these, My Night Life, where the artist - truthful to his biographical style - gives us a recount of his dreams between 1978 and 1979, illustrated by his friend Auguste Varkalis.

Jonas Mekas - Personale
Bergamo, March 10 - April 15 2018 | Palazzo della Ragione
Opening: Friday March 9 - 6:30 PM

Sebastian Mekas meets the audience
Bergamo, Cinema San Marco | Piazzale della Repubblica, 2
Saturday 10 march, 3.30 pmSebastian Mekas (1981), son of the versatile and eclectic artist, poet and director Jona Mekas, founder of the New American Cinema Group and creator of the Anthology Film Archives, protagonist of the exhibition "Jonas Mekas - Personale", will confront the audience following the screening the film "Outtakes" (2012) and the documentary film "The Internet Saga, Jonas Mekas" (2015) and will bring a special message from Jonas.
The talk will also feature Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, curators of the great retrospective of Jonas Mekas held at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea in Seoul.

In collaboration with APalazzo Gallery (Brescia) and Francesco Urbano Ragazzi.
With the patronage and support of  Lithuania Embassy.